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  • adfrntbooklist - A Different Booklist @adfrntbooklist 1 week ago
  • 📚#NewArrival at @adfrntbooklist: #Gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi; $24.95 (HC). Excerpt from @alixhawl3y's recent @thetorontostar review of the British writer's 6th novel: "Mother and daughter Margot and Harriet Lee are refugees from Druhástrana, a country that has decided to exit (Drexit?) the rest of the world. They end up in the U.K. among rich family members determined to wring gratitude from them, and eventually flee to London, where Harriet’s own teenage daughter Perdita slips into a coma that takes her to the motherland. When she wakes, they make a deal: 'Perdita will tell Harriet how she got to Druhástrana, and Harriet will tell Perdita how she left it.'
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"The deal doesn’t entirely work out, like many in this book. Druhástrana is a sclerotic bureaucratic place, run by 'theoretical persons.' [....] The parallels with Donald Trump’s America are clear. Wealth wins, and truth is what the powerful make it. The country’s motto is 'Never wounded, never wrong.'
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"The U.K., when the Lees arrive, isn’t much different. Harriet spots falseness everywhere, exclaiming, 'Trickery occurs all the time . . . people spend their life savings on lies.'
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"As painfully real as all of this feels, and though its structure takes some time to sink into, the novel keeps up its weirdly funny momentum. Harriet’s stint as a Gingerbread Girl, shilling faux-nostalgic childhood experiences to Druhástranians, is one of these wincingly hilarious episodes.
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"She also has her childhood friend Gretel — yes, that Gretel — for advice. As in the original fairy tale, innocence is corrupted, generations battle it out, and evil doesn’t go down without a fight."
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Written in her trademark style, evident in works like #BoySnowBird & #MrFox, #Gingerbread is "spiked with surprise and delight," Hawley writes. Read complete review here, via The Toronto Star: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/entertainment/books/2019/03/01/helen-oyeyemis-gingerbread-recipe-involves-a-fact-free-world.html
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Purchase your copy of Helen Oyeyemi's #Gingerbread at @adfrntbooklist, and #ReadDifferently!
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#HelenOyeyemi #Gingerbread #NewRelease #Fiction #BookReview #AlixHawley
📸: G.R.✊🏿📚 📚#newarrival at @adfrntbooklist: #gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi; $24.95 (HC). Excerpt from @alixhawl3y's recent @thetorontostar review of the British writer's 6th novel: "Mother and daughter Margot and Harriet Lee are refugees from Druhástrana, a country that has decided to exit (Drexit?) the rest of the world. They end up in the U.K. among rich family members determined to wring gratitude from them, and eventually flee to London, where Harriet’s own teenage daughter Perdita slips into a coma that takes her to the motherland. When she wakes, they make a deal: 'Perdita will tell Harriet how she got to Druhástrana, and Harriet will tell Perdita how she left it.' . "The deal doesn’t entirely work out, like many in this book. Druhástrana is a sclerotic bureaucratic place, run by 'theoretical persons.' [....] The parallels with Donald Trump’s America are clear. Wealth wins, and truth is what the powerful make it. The country’s motto is 'Never wounded, never wrong.' . "The U.K., when the Lees arrive, isn’t much different. Harriet spots falseness everywhere, exclaiming, 'Trickery occurs all the time . . . people spend their life savings on lies.' . "As painfully real as all of this feels, and though its structure takes some time to sink into, the novel keeps up its weirdly funny momentum. Harriet’s stint as a Gingerbread Girl, shilling faux-nostalgic childhood experiences to Druhástranians, is one of these wincingly hilarious episodes. . [....] . "She also has her childhood friend Gretel — yes, that Gretel — for advice. As in the original fairy tale, innocence is corrupted, generations battle it out, and evil doesn’t go down without a fight." . Written in her trademark style, evident in works like #boysnowbird & #mrfox, #gingerbread is "spiked with surprise and delight," Hawley writes. Read complete review here, via The Toronto Star: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/entertainment/books/2019/03/01/helen-oyeyemis-gingerbread-recipe-involves-a-fact-free-world.html . Purchase your copy of Helen Oyeyemi's #gingerbread at @adfrntbooklist, and #readdifferently! . #helenoyeyemi #gingerbread #newrelease #fiction #bookreview #alixhawley 📸: G.R.✊🏿📚
  • 📚#newarrival at @adfrntbooklist: #gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi; $24.95 (HC). Excerpt from @alixhawl3y's recent @thetorontostar review of the British writer's 6th novel: "Mother and daughter Margot and Harriet Lee are refugees from Druhástrana, a country that has decided to exit (Drexit?) the rest of the world. They end up in the U.K. among rich family members determined to wring gratitude from them, and eventually flee to London, where Harriet’s own teenage daughter Perdita slips into a coma that takes her to the motherland. When she wakes, they make a deal: 'Perdita will tell Harriet how she got to Druhástrana, and Harriet will tell Perdita how she left it.' . "The deal doesn’t entirely work out, like many in this book. Druhástrana is a sclerotic bureaucratic place, run by 'theoretical persons.' [....] The parallels with Donald Trump’s America are clear. Wealth wins, and truth is what the powerful make it. The country’s motto is 'Never wounded, never wrong.' . "The U.K., when the Lees arrive, isn’t much different. Harriet spots falseness everywhere, exclaiming, 'Trickery occurs all the time . . . people spend their life savings on lies.' . "As painfully real as all of this feels, and though its structure takes some time to sink into, the novel keeps up its weirdly funny momentum. Harriet’s stint as a Gingerbread Girl, shilling faux-nostalgic childhood experiences to Druhástranians, is one of these wincingly hilarious episodes. . [....] . "She also has her childhood friend Gretel — yes, that Gretel — for advice. As in the original fairy tale, innocence is corrupted, generations battle it out, and evil doesn’t go down without a fight." . Written in her trademark style, evident in works like #boysnowbird & #mrfox, #gingerbread is "spiked with surprise and delight," Hawley writes. Read complete review here, via The Toronto Star: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/entertainment/books/2019/03/01/helen-oyeyemis-gingerbread-recipe-involves-a-fact-free-world.html . Purchase your copy of Helen Oyeyemi's #gingerbread at @adfrntbooklist, and #readdifferently! . #helenoyeyemi #gingerbread #newrelease #fiction #bookreview #alixhawley 📸: G.R.✊🏿📚
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  • adfrntbooklist - A Different Booklist @adfrntbooklist 1 month ago
  • 📚HIGHLIGHTS from last night's "Report by Brother Ameth Lo on the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference in Accra," at @adifferntbooklistcc.
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Two separate #PanAfricanism conferences (60th Anniversary Commemorations of the First All-African People's Conference, Dec. 5-8 + the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference, Dec. 8-13) were held at the end of 2018 in Accra, Ghana. This division in coordination reflects one of the major challenges the movement faces today, fragmentation, scholar Ameth Lo explained yesterday. But, Lo, who attended the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference, noted that the differences are not fundamental. They can be overcome as they are mainly differences related to personality. And the main objective is the same for Pan-Africanists: To establish a political federation that will unite all people of African descent in the continent and the Diaspora across the world. The federation would serve as a tool to address problems of racism, economic domination, security, etc.
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Toronto delegates for both conferences were impressed by the strong presence of youth at conference workshops, which dealt with questions about the structure, strategies, legal framework of the federation.
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Other points raised: Swahili, as a non-ethnic language would be the official language of the federation; to further motivate Pan-Africanists, attention should be on not just the challenges but also victories and triumphs of the movement; and the movement will be strengthened when it controls its own narrative and does not merely respond to the dominant one - consider a narrative that uses the term 'African genocide' and not the euphemistic 'slave trade'. Clearly, we @adifferntbooklistcc were host to a dynamic and clarifying exchange of information and ideas on the current direction of #PanAfricanism.
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Thank you, Ameth Lo, for generously taking the time to present your meticulous report on the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference 2018 - and to all Toronto delegates who shared your impressions of the conferences. Thank you all who attended to give strength to the movement! #ReadDifferently
📸: G.R.📚 📚HIGHLIGHTS from last night's "Report by Brother Ameth Lo on the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference in Accra," at @adifferntbooklistcc. . Two separate #panafricanism conferences (60th Anniversary Commemorations of the First All-African People's Conference, Dec. 5-8 + the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference, Dec. 8-13) were held at the end of 2018 in Accra, Ghana. This division in coordination reflects one of the major challenges the movement faces today, fragmentation, scholar Ameth Lo explained yesterday. But, Lo, who attended the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference, noted that the differences are not fundamental. They can be overcome as they are mainly differences related to personality. And the main objective is the same for Pan-Africanists: To establish a political federation that will unite all people of African descent in the continent and the Diaspora across the world. The federation would serve as a tool to address problems of racism, economic domination, security, etc. . Toronto delegates for both conferences were impressed by the strong presence of youth at conference workshops, which dealt with questions about the structure, strategies, legal framework of the federation. . Other points raised: Swahili, as a non-ethnic language would be the official language of the federation; to further motivate Pan-Africanists, attention should be on not just the challenges but also victories and triumphs of the movement; and the movement will be strengthened when it controls its own narrative and does not merely respond to the dominant one - consider a narrative that uses the term 'African genocide' and not the euphemistic 'slave trade'. Clearly, we @adifferntbooklistcc were host to a dynamic and clarifying exchange of information and ideas on the current direction of #panafricanism. . Thank you, Ameth Lo, for generously taking the time to present your meticulous report on the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference 2018 - and to all Toronto delegates who shared your impressions of the conferences. Thank you all who attended to give strength to the movement! #readdifferently 📸: G.R.📚
  • 📚HIGHLIGHTS from last night's "Report by Brother Ameth Lo on the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference in Accra," at @adifferntbooklistcc. . Two separate #panafricanism conferences (60th Anniversary Commemorations of the First All-African People's Conference, Dec. 5-8 + the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference, Dec. 8-13) were held at the end of 2018 in Accra, Ghana. This division in coordination reflects one of the major challenges the movement faces today, fragmentation, scholar Ameth Lo explained yesterday. But, Lo, who attended the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference, noted that the differences are not fundamental. They can be overcome as they are mainly differences related to personality. And the main objective is the same for Pan-Africanists: To establish a political federation that will unite all people of African descent in the continent and the Diaspora across the world. The federation would serve as a tool to address problems of racism, economic domination, security, etc. . Toronto delegates for both conferences were impressed by the strong presence of youth at conference workshops, which dealt with questions about the structure, strategies, legal framework of the federation. . Other points raised: Swahili, as a non-ethnic language would be the official language of the federation; to further motivate Pan-Africanists, attention should be on not just the challenges but also victories and triumphs of the movement; and the movement will be strengthened when it controls its own narrative and does not merely respond to the dominant one - consider a narrative that uses the term 'African genocide' and not the euphemistic 'slave trade'. Clearly, we @adifferntbooklistcc were host to a dynamic and clarifying exchange of information and ideas on the current direction of #panafricanism. . Thank you, Ameth Lo, for generously taking the time to present your meticulous report on the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement's Conference 2018 - and to all Toronto delegates who shared your impressions of the conferences. Thank you all who attended to give strength to the movement! #readdifferently 📸: G.R.📚
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  • adfrntbooklist - A Different Booklist @adfrntbooklist 1 month ago
  • 📚💕Valentine's Day is nearly a day away! May we recommend @vivekshraya's "I'm Afraid of Men" as a #VDRead and a #VDgift? The title clearly doesn't suggest a conventional love story but, instead, a startling confession, it signals a problem, on which Shraya elaborates at the outset: "I'm afraid of men because it was men who taught me fear [...] who taught me to [...] destroy my femininity [....] to fear the extraordinary parts of me." Shraya aims, then, to confront this fear, understand it and end it. Her task is "To reimagine forms of masculinity that do not arouse fear." Do you recognize a project of love?
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In the section "You," Shraya addresses directly several of the men whose words and actions have contributed to her fear. Among them, are the Trinidadian boy who spits on Shraya at school and the car passenger who flings a cup at Shraya and calls her "Tranny." Finally, we meet introverted Nick, who does not rush their relationship and who respectfully refrains from interrogating Shraya - a gay man at the time - about his 10-year relationship with a woman. We hope that Nick is the one: "Here must be true love & a happy ending!" But then Nick does what he does, to which Shraya unforgettably responds, "I guess you aren't that special after all [...] you made me just another stupid bitch." Where then is love in this work?
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In Shraya's very effort to love still - herself and men - in spite of men's violence toward her. This effort entails neither excuse of the violence done to her and others nor subscription to certain assumptions about women that promote misogynistic violence. Rather, it relies on the very kinds of reconceptualizations of masculinity that Shraya has begun to articulate - ones that do not arouse fear but that both insist on qualities such as reliability, good communication, etc, and yet acknowledge the fallibility of men. And so men are treated as individuals who require love and should excel at love.
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This #VD, read Shraya's "I'm Afraid of Men" ($17.95), which is as much a thoughtful examination undertaken by the author to understand her fear tied to her life as a queer trans woman as it is an essay on how to love. #ReadDifferently
📸: G.R.📚 📚💕Valentine's Day is nearly a day away! May we recommend @vivekshraya's "I'm Afraid of Men" as a #vdread and a #vdgift? The title clearly doesn't suggest a conventional love story but, instead, a startling confession, it signals a problem, on which Shraya elaborates at the outset: "I'm afraid of men because it was men who taught me fear [...] who taught me to [...] destroy my femininity [....] to fear the extraordinary parts of me." Shraya aims, then, to confront this fear, understand it and end it. Her task is "To reimagine forms of masculinity that do not arouse fear." Do you recognize a project of love? . In the section "You," Shraya addresses directly several of the men whose words and actions have contributed to her fear. Among them, are the Trinidadian boy who spits on Shraya at school and the car passenger who flings a cup at Shraya and calls her "Tranny." Finally, we meet introverted Nick, who does not rush their relationship and who respectfully refrains from interrogating Shraya - a gay man at the time - about his 10-year relationship with a woman. We hope that Nick is the one: "Here must be true love & a happy ending!" But then Nick does what he does, to which Shraya unforgettably responds, "I guess you aren't that special after all [...] you made me just another stupid bitch." Where then is love in this work? . In Shraya's very effort to love still - herself and men - in spite of men's violence toward her. This effort entails neither excuse of the violence done to her and others nor subscription to certain assumptions about women that promote misogynistic violence. Rather, it relies on the very kinds of reconceptualizations of masculinity that Shraya has begun to articulate - ones that do not arouse fear but that both insist on qualities such as reliability, good communication, etc, and yet acknowledge the fallibility of men. And so men are treated as individuals who require love and should excel at love. . This #vd, read Shraya's "I'm Afraid of Men" ($17.95), which is as much a thoughtful examination undertaken by the author to understand her fear tied to her life as a queer trans woman as it is an essay on how to love. #readdifferently 📸: G.R.📚
  • 📚💕Valentine's Day is nearly a day away! May we recommend @vivekshraya's "I'm Afraid of Men" as a #vdread and a #vdgift? The title clearly doesn't suggest a conventional love story but, instead, a startling confession, it signals a problem, on which Shraya elaborates at the outset: "I'm afraid of men because it was men who taught me fear [...] who taught me to [...] destroy my femininity [....] to fear the extraordinary parts of me." Shraya aims, then, to confront this fear, understand it and end it. Her task is "To reimagine forms of masculinity that do not arouse fear." Do you recognize a project of love? . In the section "You," Shraya addresses directly several of the men whose words and actions have contributed to her fear. Among them, are the Trinidadian boy who spits on Shraya at school and the car passenger who flings a cup at Shraya and calls her "Tranny." Finally, we meet introverted Nick, who does not rush their relationship and who respectfully refrains from interrogating Shraya - a gay man at the time - about his 10-year relationship with a woman. We hope that Nick is the one: "Here must be true love & a happy ending!" But then Nick does what he does, to which Shraya unforgettably responds, "I guess you aren't that special after all [...] you made me just another stupid bitch." Where then is love in this work? . In Shraya's very effort to love still - herself and men - in spite of men's violence toward her. This effort entails neither excuse of the violence done to her and others nor subscription to certain assumptions about women that promote misogynistic violence. Rather, it relies on the very kinds of reconceptualizations of masculinity that Shraya has begun to articulate - ones that do not arouse fear but that both insist on qualities such as reliability, good communication, etc, and yet acknowledge the fallibility of men. And so men are treated as individuals who require love and should excel at love. . This #vd, read Shraya's "I'm Afraid of Men" ($17.95), which is as much a thoughtful examination undertaken by the author to understand her fear tied to her life as a queer trans woman as it is an essay on how to love. #readdifferently 📸: G.R.📚
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